Today is the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, a day to bring attention to the global AIDS crisis. Dell is joining those efforts – HIV/AIDS affects our employees, customers, suppliers and communities everywhere Dell has a presence.
Today, approximately 33 million people are infected with HIV, 95 percent of which are in developing countries. Approximately 45 percent of new HIV infections are in people between the ages of 15-24, the future workforce.
Those staggering numbers are what make Dell and our employees passionate about making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS:
· Dell is a member of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) – a group of companies around the globe committed to working together and sharing best practices in HIV prevention.
· Dell added HIV status to our global non-discrimination policy earlier this year. Today GBC will publish a pledge made by member companies to end workplace discrimination against HIV/AIDS status – a pledge that Michael Dell signed.
· Dell employees have donated time and money to support HIV services organizations in Dell communities around the globe ranging from AIDS Services of Austin to the Malaysian AIDS Foundation.
· And earlier this year, Dell joined the (PRODUCT) RED campaign, an effort that makes it easy for customers to help in the fight to eliminate AIDS in Africa. Dell offers a (PRODUCT) RED product portfolio that makes it easy for customers to help in the fight to eliminate AIDS in Africa
What can you do?
· Learn more about HIV/AIDS
· Volunteer at an HIV/AIDS organization in your community.
· Take a leadership pledge to help stop AIDS, managed by the World AIDS Campaign.
· If you are considering purchasing a computer or printer, consider Dell PRODUCT (RED), a portion of each sale will go to the Global Fund to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Find out more at www.dell.com/joinred .